Women with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. In addition, the severity and frequency of symptoms, and how long they last, will vary depending on the individual and her particular illness. Signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Irritability, restlessness, anxiety
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Insomnia, waking up during the night, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
What is the Prognosis of Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is a common problem and it can affect as many as 10% to 20% of women after childbirth. Read to know more on prognosis of postpartum depression:
- With appropriate treatment and care signs and symptoms of postpartum depression usually are controlled within a few the months after delivery. Medication and professional psychotherapy are both beneficial for reducing or eliminating symptoms of PPD.
- PPD can negatively affect the baby, mother and family. It can lead to marital distress, problems with mother-infant bonding and interaction, behavioral and cognitive abnormalities in the child. These children are more likely to have developmental delays (psychological, cognitive, neurological, and motor development).
- A severely depressed mother can have thoughts of hurting the child or herself.
- If PPD is not treated the symptoms may last for months or years.
If you have signs and symptoms suggestive of postnatal depression consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression can possibly help faster recovery form symptoms of PPD.